Ask a Question forum→Houseplants (Rubber plant)

Views: 155, Replies: 9 » Jump to the end
Liverpool
Kelsenior
May 11, 2020 6:52 AM CST
Hello
I am new to this community and this is my first post so forgive me if there's any issues
I am just looking for some advice on one of my rubber plants. I've had it for I'd say roughly 3 weeks now and it seems to be abit worse for wear
I'll add photos for better reference however my main issue is the condition of the leaves. They seem extremely thin and are easily folded which I know is not common for rubber plant leaves. They're also almost matte with no real shine on them. It's like they really have no strength or energy behind them and since the little plant only has 4 existing leaves and 1 leaf that's just recently developed I really don't want any dropping.

I water this plant only when soil is dry and haven't repotted it or anything since buying it. Its given adequate lighting sitting in a south west window but also has some sunlight coming in from a south window close by. This plant also has no pests that I have been and have throughly investigated just incase haha
It may be worth noting that I also have another rubber plant which is at least 3 years old now and it's absolutely thriving producing leaf after leaf and is in wonderful condition
Hope someone can give me some tips or advice
Thanks in advance

Thumb of 2020-05-11/Kelsenior/e9a423


Thumb of 2020-05-11/Kelsenior/1160fe
Thumb of 2020-05-11/Kelsenior/06d12e

Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
Image
WillC
May 11, 2020 9:22 AM CST
Welcome! the leaves in the photos appear to be normal. There are different varieties of Rubber Plants and some have leaves that are thicker than others. You have had success with your other Rubber Plant ao I suggest that you provide the same care routine with your new one.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
Liverpool
Kelsenior
May 15, 2020 4:14 AM CST
Hello again, thanks for you response!
Thanks for enlightening me on the fact there are a variety of rubber plants because I wasn't aware of this and was definitely comparing it to my other plant.
However since my originally post it has definitely deteriorated and woke up this morning to 2 leaves yellowing and later dropped Sad
Could this have something to do with the fact it's relatively new and maybe a new environment has had this effect on it
Any tips would be greatly appreciated!!
Thumb of 2020-05-15/Kelsenior/69e211

Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
Image
WillC
May 15, 2020 7:06 AM CST
Please remove the bark chips from the top so we can see the soil.

Is it double-potted?

Does the pot it is planted in have drain holes?

How deep into the soil does it get dry before you water and how much do you give it?
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
Liverpool
Kelsenior
May 16, 2020 7:41 AM CST
Here is a few more pictures, the pot has sufficient drainage holes and Then kept in a decorative pot as shown on pictures. Since my last post I have noticed some curling on the few remaining leaves

I don't really have a system I follow when it comes to watering but I make sure the soil is dry at least 1-2 inches before i water it again

Thumb of 2020-05-16/Kelsenior/3beb8d
Thumb of 2020-05-16/Kelsenior/88bc2c

Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
Image
WillC
May 16, 2020 8:22 AM CST
You may be letting it get too dry. Water it as soon as the top half-inch of soil feels dry to your touch. Always give it enough water so that some trickles through the drain holes.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
Liverpool
Kelsenior
May 16, 2020 8:26 AM CST
Thanks a lot for all your time and advice!
I have just been repotted some other plants so decided on repotting this aswell and hoping this will do more good than harm!
Thanks again for your time! Smiling
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
Image
WillC
May 16, 2020 9:41 AM CST
I'm afraid that repotting it may just complicate things for you. It simply needed more water, not repotting. Repotting rarely solves any plant problems.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
Liverpool
Kelsenior
May 16, 2020 3:55 PM CST
Here is a few more pictures, the pot has sufficient drainage holes and Then kept in a decorative pot as shown on pictures. Since my last post I have noticed some curling on the few remaining leaves

I don't really have a system I follow when it comes to watering but I make sure the soil is dry at least 1-2 inches before i water it again

Thumb of 2020-05-16/Kelsenior/3beb8d
Thumb of 2020-05-16/Kelsenior/88bc2c

Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
Image
plantladylin
May 16, 2020 4:05 PM CST
Hi Kelsenior, Welcome!

The pot you have your Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica) planted in looks quite large for the size of the plant and the soil appears extremely dry; hopefully it will acclimate and do well for you.
~ I'm an old gal who still loves playing in the dirt!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot!


« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Ask a Question forum
Only the members of the Members group may reply to this thread.

Member Login:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by ge1836 and is called "Veronica Charlotte"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.